Times Sports Editor
The Edgewood Mustangs continued their recent mastery over Northview in girl's basketball, pulling away in the middle quarters and holding off a late rally by the Knights for a 40-31 win.
The Mustangs provided some match-up issues for the Knights, namely 5'10 junior Vanessa Brown. The mobile forward came in averaging better than 17 ppg. and grabbing nine boards per contest.
Early on the Knights packed in while playing a zone defense, but Edgewood was able to knock down a trio of 3-pointers, two by Brown to even the score at 12-all after one quarter.
Northview spread the scoring around as Cassie Weddle had a three-point play and Mikayla Rowan had seven of her team-high 11 points in the period.
However, Edgewood began to pull away when it went to a fairly deep bench and got a pair of scores from freshman Deja Callahan and a 3-pointer from classmate Erin Sherfield. The run allowed the Mustangs to open up a 24-16 lead at halftime.
"I thought we played better tonight. (Edgewood) shot the ball extremely well and they haven't done that of late," Northview coach Scott Buell said of the Mustangs. "I thought we played some pretty good defense, they just made some extremely difficult shots."
Callahan's second quarter earned her more playing time to start the third period and she quickly added a pair of scores and classmate Jasmine Carter pushed the lead to 30-16 with a bucket.
Northview had problems capitalizing on the chances it got, going a frigid 4-of-15 from the free throw line, 1-of-6 in the third quarter.
Edgewood's lead grew to 39-23 in the fourth period as Brown sank a pair of free throws to complete a 15-point evening. However, the Knights got some solid play down the stretch as Weddle scored and, following a turnover by the Mustangs, drained a 3-pointer. Brittany Fagg drilled a jumper and Sydney Buell's free throw helped the Knights finish the game on a 8-1 run.
"We struggled a little bit on offense, but we got some open looks. They just didn't go in and when we got to the free throw line, we didn't convert," Buell said. "That was basically the difference in the ball game. We needed to make some of those to keep it close. We made a little run there late to cut (the lead) down and make it a little closer than it was.
"We had good effort tonight, good intensity and I thought we played better, but we just came up a little short," Buell added.
The Knights (4-7 overall, 1-2 WIC) travel to Greencastle on Tuesday evening.
Thornton 3-9 0-0 7, Young 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 3-12 6-6 15, Lunn 0-3 3-4 3, Carter 1-4 1-2 3, Ingran 0-1 0-0 0, Sherfield 1-2 0-0 3, Pursell 0-3 1-2 1, Callahan 4-4 0-0 8. Totals: 12-40 11-14 40.
Halfhill 0-2 0-0 0, Kumpf 3-4 0-0 6, Hughes 0-3 0-1 0, Rowan 5-10 1-7 11, Smith 1-5 0-0 2, Weddle 3-4 2-3 9, Girton 0-2 0-0 0, Buell 0-0 1-4 1, Fagg 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 13-31 4-15 31.
3-point fieldgoals -- EW 5-18 (Brown 3-9, Thornton 1-4, Sherfield 1-2, Lunn 0-3), Nv 1-5 (Weddle 1-2, Girton 0-1, Rowan 0-1, Smith 0-1). Total Rebounds -- Ew 24 (Brown 10), Northview 26 (Rowan 7, Smith 5). Team rebounds -- EW 4, Nv 3. Total Fouls -- EW14, Nv 15. Turnovers -- EW 10, Nv 18.